Human-Computer Interaction Company Mirametrix Wins BDC Innovation Award

Posted by Rob Lewis

The Business Development Bank of Canada and the Canadian Venture Capital Association today named Mirametrix, a software company that specializes in human computer interaction, the inaugural winner of the BDC Innovation Award.

The award recognizes an early-stage Canadian company that has demonstrated the ability to bring innovation to market, reshaping a sector or industry in a new or unexpected way.

“We bring to market a novel way to interact with laptops, tablets and other devices, creating a world of new opportunities in usability, security, learning, gaming and entertainment,” explains Denis Lavallée, CEO of Mirametrix. “More than 2 billion units of electronic products are sold worldwide on an annual basis. This award is a great validation of our go-to-market strategy and our potential for fast growth."

Launched in 2011, Mirametrix makes true natural user interaction with computers and electronic devices a reality through the integration of gaze tracking functionality with other input modalities, such as touch and gesture/voice recognition. The company is one of the first portfolio companies of TandemLaunch in Montreal, a company creation platform recently supported by BDC Venture Capital.

 

 

"The gaze tracking solution developed by Mirametrix has the potential to transform the way we currently interact with devices much in the same way the mouse did in the early 1980s," believes Jérôme Nycz, Executive Vice President of Subordinate Financing and Venture Capital at BDC. "The opportunity for disruption is massive.”

Mirametrix expects the technology will be readily accessible to the public in less than two years. The company’s software is currently used by more than 250 clients in 42 countries.

Company:
Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
Website:
http://www.cvca.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association – represents the majority of private equity companies in Canada, with over 1500 members. CVCA members have over $65 billion in capital under management, in three distinct market segments: ♦ Buyout is characterized chiefly by risk investment in established private or publicly listed firms that are undergoing a fundamental change in operations or... more

Company:
BDC Venture Capital
Website:
http://www.bdc.ca
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

With more than $1 billion under management and more than 25 years of industry experience, BDC Venture Capital is an investor of choice focusing on IT, health and energy/cleantech companies, as well as venture funds, with high growth potential. From seed through expansion to exit, their mandate is to help build outstanding Canadian companies, while working to create a sound financial ecosystem for Canadian... more

Company:
Mirametrix
Website:
http://www.mirametrix.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Mirametrix provides remote, non-contact, eye tracking systems for usability, market research, and academic applications. more


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